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Jeffco Schools Foundation

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Educator Support

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Teachers

Description

New this past year, Jeffco Schools Foundation provided micro grants to support various professional development , educator convening and educator recognition activities. The Foundation provides funding to support Jeffco Talented Teacher, Professional Learning Conference, the Values Awards, honoring over 600 JPS staff, Bridges to Curriculm, a clearing house of teacher best practice and lesson plans; the LINK Learning Lab, a creative space for educators to create with each other, the Arvada Articulation Area convening, Teacher Induction and Administrator Kick-off.

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With limited budgets extra philanthropy is needed from the community to support basic needs of educators during their professional development, including food, incentives, and recognition. These activities have been shown to increase a sense of community, and signal to staff a belief of increased value for Jeffco educators. When educators are trained, recognized and supported as professionals, this trickles down into the classroom and student learning.

Literacy- Learning Ally

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Parents

Description

Learning Ally's goal is empower help students build confidence in the classroom by combining human-narrated audiobooks within the classroom. The program provides a bridge to content to students who often cannot access what their peers are able. It removes stigma associated with learning differences, including dyslexia, and supports struggling and striving readers participate in class and keep up with coursework. This is the newest of Foundation programs and partnership with Jeffco Public Schools to support struggling readers, which launched 11 schools in its first year and added 35 schools its second year. In its third year your support will maintain participation of the current schools and allow us to add schools within a feeder or articulation area so that students have continuum of service.

Learning Ally helps students find confidence and recognize their strengths so they can learn and thrive. It helps them advocate for themselves, so they know when and how to ask for help. Over 80,000 human-narrated audiobooks are available for students, teachers and parents to assign and upload on any device. It supports reading skill development and provides equal access to learning for those students who struggle to read the printed word, but who can still access the content via listening.

In addition to the audio book software for use on their school computers, personal devices such as Ipads, Chromebooks, and Android phones, the program aims to instill confidence and self-advocacy. Students are eligible to join the national YES! program as part of this partnership, helping support each other, develop individual learning plans to give to teachers and college professors, provide mentorship to younger students discovering how they best learn and more

Teachers and educators can use Learning Ally tools to improve student outcomes. The program is intentional about offering professional development that truly helps them understand and empathize with students who learn differently. We believe that Learning Ally isn't just a "SPED" issue, or that struggling readers only fall under the work of Language Arts teachers. We believe all educators from all subjects can use this tool and better support struggling students in their classrooms.

We work with educators by offering professional development training to develop new teaching skills and strategies that they can apply to the classroom. Learning Ally is not meant to replace instruction, its meant to augment instructional practice and provide a bridge to content, particularly when the volume of text increases over the course of the years for students as they age.

The Learning Ally technology platform, Teacher Ally, that allows them to easily track student progress. Ongoing training and support through live events as well as access to ongoing expert webinars is made available to Jeffco educators as part of this program, as well as in person trainings. Lat year the Foundation invested funds raised to train over 150 teachers and educators representing 50 schools. As the initiative unfolds, additional professional development for paraprofessionals and general educators is being planned.

The program also aims to help parents and families who children "learn differently", which is not an easy task for a caregiver - we want to make sure parents are not alone and help them get on a path to success. Learning Ally provides ongoing guidance and advice through individual consultations, webinars with experts, live and online community events as well as on-demand online resources. Parent services are designed to be there with the parent at every step along the journey.

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Vulnerable Students- Serving Kids

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

This program provides basic needs to Jeffco Public Schools most vulnerable students. One in three Jeffco students is living in poverty, with an increasing number of homelesss students accessing these services. This program, run by volunteers, allows teachers to submit orders for basic items such as shoes, socks, underwear, coats and other clothes for students in need. Orders are hand delivered to schools to supply students with appropriate apparel so they can focus on school, not the clothes on their back.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Notably, the 30+ volunteers shopped, sorted, shelved, selected and sent clothing in 1,743 bags to Jeffco kids during the school year just ended. This compares to 1,323 bags that were filled and delivered during the 2016-17 school year. The breakdown of numbers for this school year follows:

Orders filled -- 1,743 (991 Elementary; 148 Middle; 226 High School; 378 Other, which includes Options, Charters and 273 Head Start and pre-school kids)
Schools and programs where these students are enrolled -- 140 (Includes siblings not yet in school or school wasn't identified)
Kids who needed clothing and who are homeless -- 309

Visual & Performing Arts - Exhibits/Costume Shop

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
General Public
Teachers

Description

Jeffco Schools Foundation adopted the District's Art Shows after budget cuts in 2008. We are pleased to partner with Red Rocks Community College, the Lakewood Cultural Center and Arvada Center for the Performing Arts and Humanities to showcase elementary, middle and high school talent. The high school art show is a juried art show, with high schoolers competing for entry into the show, and pieces reviewed and awarded by renowned local and national artists. Your donations go to support the costs associated with the venues to showcase this art, supplies to hang the art exhibits, support offering an opening night experience to students, and supporting the cost of art teachers to set up and tear down each exhibit. Funds are also needed to pay for supplies related to the art and recognition and awards at each exhibition, including posters and invitations which share the event with the community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Lat year the high school art show showcased an Alumni who had her own exhibit at the Arvada Center for Performing Arts. Amazingly, her art teacher in high school was also selected by the Arvada Center to also hang an exhibit alongside her now professional artist student. This is especially poignant since the student began her art career in a Jeffco Public School and her art was first displayed as part of the high school Art Show funded by Jeffco Schools Foundation. It is a "full circle" example of the caliber of artistry coming from our schools and how students can pursue a successful career in the arts.

Literacy- Jeffco Summer of Early Learning (JSEL)

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Parents
Teachers

Description

JSEL, now in its fifth year, is a program which prevents persistent summer literacy loss and long-term academic achievement gaps among low income K-3 struggling readers.

In 2012, the project's first year, nearly 400 kindergarten through third-grade students demonstrated that not only did they stop losing ground, they advance to new reading benchmarks and made gains in literacy proficiency over the six week summer program. The professional learning by teaching staff has also been a positive byproduct of the program with school classrooms staffed by teachers showing progress among students who did not participate in JSEL due to newly learned teaching strategies.

Program results were equally positive in all four subsequent program years and in year 4 the program expanded 30 schools, a 700% increase in the number of schools, and served over 1,000 students. During the fifth year of the program, there were 7 school sites serving over 25 schools, and 1,000 students.

Key components to the model include fidelity to literacy block instruction which mirrors District instruction; small class size, ability to group by ability, on site instructional coaching, attendance incentives, inclusion of the family for meals and activities, off and onsite enrichment activities, performance based incentives and and site based nature of the program.

JSEL was part of the Colorado Social Innovation Fund, a portfolio of ten projects statewide seeking to increase reading proficiency among early learners. Due to its success and ability to partners with the District for expansion and replicate the program model, Jeffco Schools Foundation graduated from the Social Innovation Fund early.

Early on the Foundation partnered with APA Consulting, Mile High United Way, the Salazar Family Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Schomp Automotive, Target, the University of Colorado-Denver, the University of Denver and Jeffco Public Schools to provide and evaluate the effectiveness of JSEL. Today its main partner includes Jeffco Public Schools.

Your donation helps purchase supplies, performance based incentives, attendance incentives, costs of field trips for students and their families, food for adult engagement meal, art, music and physical education staff, transportation to off site enrichment trips, on site enrichment such as story tellers and adventurists, and professional development training for teachers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the summer 2012 program more than 99.4% of the 370 participating students maintained or improved their reading and writing proficiency. Additionally, when compared with a matched group of students who did not participate in the program, JSEL students showed significantly improved reading and writing abilities. Evaluations from 2013, 2014, and 2015 show similar results, and also show that 6 weeks of JSEL programming is equivalent to school year proficiency of three months, meaning students who come in at August are three months ahead of their peers.

The Hero Award Recognition Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Description

Jeffco Schools Foundation supports professional learning by highlighting the exceptional talent and students within Jeffco Public Schools. By connecting the community to Jeffco school, classroom and students needs, the the Foundation helps bring positive recognition celebrating the work of excellent teachers and accomplishments of students. The most well-known of these school community awareness activities is the Foundation's annual Hero Awards. This program recognizes three teachers who display genuine commitment to their students and their profession, going above and beyond the traditional call of teaching duty, and who have undergone challenging personal circumstances while continuing to serve their students. In addition, the awards recognizes four graduating seniors from Jeffco Public Schools who have demonstrated tremendous community and school service, who have show strength in the face of personal adversity to stay on track to graduate. Your donation supports the teacher classroom grants and professional costs for the honoree teachers and provides tuition assistance for the high school students. Your support enables the Foundation to share these inspiring stories of with the community and support a call to action to support other students with similar need. The 2017-2018 Awards took place on Monday, November 13th. For videos of our honorees visit www.jeffcoschoolsfoundation.org.

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Donor Directed Education Support Funds

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Teachers

Description

The Jeffco Schools Foundation was founded in part to serve as a flexible conduit to steward private and community philanthropy interested in supporting and investing in public education within Jeffco Public Schools.

Education Support Funds at Jeffco Schools Foundation are donations held in restriction for the benefit of specific schools or areas within JPS, and tend to support District-wide programming and emerging innovations, which typically are not or cannot be supported by public funds and existing budgets.

These funds are created to support both the interest, goals and priority of the donor and also serve as a resource to donors who want to invest in public education in Jeffco Public Schools by supporting existing projects with the greatest need.

Our funds include:

Foster Elementary School Enrichment Fund
Rose Stein Elementary School Foundation a Fund of JSFoundation
Shirley Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund for Arvada Articulation Area Golf Athletes
Hero Awards Scholarship and Educator Recognition Fund
Jeffco Schools Foundation- General Community Scholarship Fund
Beyond Jeffco CO Opportunity Scholarship Fund (COSI)
Christopher Faughnan Memorial Scholarship Fund for Arvada High School
Lilian Le Fleur Scholarship Fund for Spanish Language Arts
Teddy Wetzel Evergreen High School Field Memorial Fund
Moore Articulation Foundation a Fund of JSFoundation
WarrenTech Foundation a Fund of JSFoundation
WarrenTech Foundation Auto Scholarship Program Fund
WarrenTech Computer Program Fund
Costume Shop Program a Fund of Jeffco Schools Foundation
Jeffco Public Schools- Community and Family Connections Flex Fund
Jeffco Public Schools STEM-Labs Fund
Jeffco Public Schools- Career Explore Fund

To learn more about information about any one fund, or to open a new fund or provide financial support to an existing fund, of these funds or open a fund, please contact Executive Director, Denise Delgado at 303.982.2261.

To make a donation to an Education Support Fund, please click PROGRAM then ED SUPP. FUNDS & SCHOOL and indicate the name of the program in the Comment field of your donation.

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